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Meaning of the biblical quote at the end of Raging Bull?

The movie Raging Bull closes with a Biblical quote from the Gospel of John. What is the meaning of the quote, and how does it relate to the plot of the film? "So, for the second time, [the ...
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Is there a rating of the 3D-ness of a 3D movie?

If things aren't thrown in my face during a 3D movie, I feel somewhat disappointed. I also appreciate the use of 3D to enhance a wide-angle shot, a humorous close-up, give a subtle sense of depth, and ...
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In, “There Will Be Blood”, what was the motivation to kill

In the 2007 movie There Will Be Blood, starring Daniel Day-Lewis, the main character -- Daniel Plainview -- puts a bullet into his "brother's" head when he discovers that the man isn't really his ...
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What was the disease Moriarty used?

In the new Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Moriarty uses a deadly disease on Irene Adler which caused near-instant death. What was this disease? And why didn't Moriarty use it on Watson and ...
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Shiny and new in “vehicle mode”, yet battle-damage re-appears in “robot” mode

I've often wondered about this apparent inconsistency. I'm assuming it's a case of Deux ex Hollywood, but could there be a specific explanation for the fact that Transformers in the Michael Bay movies ...
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Is Final Destination 5 the last final destination movie? [closed]

In Final Destination 5, the last 2 survivors happens to be on the plane that crashed in the first movie. It also shows all the killing scenes from previous movies after the movie. Does it mean that ...
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Is the water mill when O-Ren and the Bride fight a homage to some movie scene?

In "Kill Bill", in the duel between O-Ren and the Bride, there is this small water mill (not sure how else to describe it) that is shown to be a part of the scene. It seems like it is a homage to ...
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Why didn't they use a brute force method to activate the Stargate?

In the movie Stargate, they have been trying to activate the Stargate for the last 2 years but could never get the right sequence. After Dr. Daniel Jackson figures out the seventh symbol, they try to ...
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Why do you need 6 points to define a location in 3 dimensional space?

Dr. Daniel Jackson ...seven points to outline a course to a position...to find a destination within any three dimensional space, you need six points to determine the exact location...but to chart ...
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Who is Gabriel referring to when it told Constantine he took a life?

In the building where Gabriel and Constantine spoke, he expressed his dismay that he has not repaid his debt to God to which Gabriel replies, You are going to die young because you smoked 30 ...
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Who is the guy in the Picture in Naked Gun 2 1/2 “Blue Note” jazz bar scene?

In the 1991 movie The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, there is a joke I don't get. It's in the scene after Frank Drebin finds out Jane Spencer is going out with one Quentin Hapsburg. He gets ...
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Was it the character's inner devil that came up in Devil?

I watched Devil and got the gist of the story. But am confused about the old woman (Satan?) who was in the lift. Is she really the Satan or just the haunting past memory of the other characters in the ...
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In 10000 BC, is the Persian-like civilization connected to any real history?

I have watched 10,000BC and have understood the story. But I am curious as to whether the Persian-like Pyramid-building civilization has any link to a real civilization that have existed during those ...
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In which scene is the White Van in Braveheart?

I've heard many rumors of the infamous movie mistake - the white van, visible in the background of one of the battle scenes in Braveheart. However I've never spotted it. Does anyone have a time code ...
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Why does 2001: A Space Odyssey not provide an explanation of its ending? Are we supposed to read the book?

It's a movie geek's film to watch and to enjoy. But when I reached the end, I had no idea what to take from it. Some of the ideas are amazing, the visuals, and the lines (I'm sorry, Dave. I'm ...
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698 views

What does the girl cutting her hand in Animatrix: Beyond symbolize?

In the film, The Animatrix, specifically the Beyond section after the girl and the kids are quarantined, they return to the spot that had the glitch. I understand why she dropped the can (to see ...
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790 views

What's the purpose of Solomon's son Dia in Blood Diamond?

Apart from the regular plot, that in order to save his son he must overcome battles and so forth, what other purpose does his son have? This is based on the fact that his son's name is Dia. And in ...
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What are the Ghost of Christmas Present's Brothers?

In A Christmas Carol staring Jim Carrey, the Ghost of Christmas Present mentions that he has a lot of brothers (I can't remember the exact number). What did he mean by this, who are his brothers?
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How are injections given without injuring actors?

In the movie Contagion, Jennifer Ehle's character is shown giving herself an injection. This got me wondering - are the injections they perform on-screen real? Do needles actually penetrate the skin ...
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Infection timelines of John Carpenter's The Thing

The paranoia and uncertainty in John Carpenter's The Thing (1982) is so well constructed that there is still no consensus on who gets infected, or even when some people do. The thing I really like ...
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What happens to Alex at the end of Shallow Grave?

At the end of the movie it was not obvious to me what Alex's ultimate fate was. In particular, I wasn't clear whether he lived or died from his injury. It seemed like he might live, as he was still ...
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Is there an alternative cut of The Truman Show?

When I saw The Truman Show at the cinema, it was edited more heavily to make it look like a documentary about how the show was made, by whom and the actors in it, etc. Some things were mentioned ...
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Does the movie “The Dreamer of Oz” contain any factual events?

I loved this movie when it came out when I was a kid, and always considered its to be factual information that I share when referring to L. Frank Baum's life. While I understand that some of it must ...
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102 views

Is Ethan's and Lindsey's relationship seen as platonic?

Based on the long scene for the rescue of Lindsey and the fact that the movie continues even after the mission was a failure, Ethan could have just gone back home. The first plot that we are aware of ...
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Why does the Driver not have a name?

Something just occurred to me, for the life of me, I cannot remember the Driver's name. I am sure this guy does not have a name for the whole movie. Someone had to call out to him. I have heard him ...
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2answers
872 views

How to describe Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade?

Elsa is a very detailed character for the role she plays. She is secretly a Nazi Is constantly around Indiana Gets violent with Indiana but kisses him When Indiana finds her with book again Elsa ...
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Is the time loop on the cruise ship a second timeline in Triangle?

In Triangle, at the start when Jess arrives at the boat for the "first" time, is this the start of the continuation of the ending scene. It's known that the cruise ship and any surroundings after ...
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Why the annoying woman with the kid in the train station?

I just watched The Untouchables and found it to be a great movie, but one scene just seemed strange to me and did not fit in with the overall atmosphere. While Ness is covering the main entrance of ...
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What legends or stories is Hero (2002) based on?

I heard from someone Chinese that she was surprised that anyone in the US was interested in Hero (the 2002 film) at all, since it relied so heavily on Chinese stories...stories that Chinese people ...
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443 views

In 'Synecdoche, New York' , what is the significance of choosing the play 'Death of a Salesman'?

The protagonist, Philip Hoffman, is directing the play 'Death of a Salesman' with a twist. He is casting young actors as the characters of Willy and his wife. From my understanding, he is doing this ...
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How would you categorise Shutter Island?

Is there a category for films like 'Shutter Island' where the story is turned upside down at the end of the movie, and then you have a "WTF" feeling?
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What is rosebud?

In the movie Citizen Kane, what is the significance of rosebud? Or is its insignificance a significance? Or has the director achieved what might sound similar to John Travolta's misdirection in the ...
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What is the significance of “Tannis Root”?

After Rosemary was impregnatated by "Satan," many of the occult leaders that knew about this were obsessed with providing her "Tannis Root." What was the significance behind this "Tannis Root?"
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What influenced the story and setting of Jean-Luc Godard's Alphaville?

Alphaville is one of my favorite movies. The plot, characters, and narration have always seemed very unique to me. I am wondering what influenced them, particularly the idea of a galactic capital city ...
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Why aren't the characters floating two levels down?

If level 0 is reality, the characters in the van are at level 1. The van drops off the edge of the bridge, and goes into freefall. At level 2, in the hotel, they experience the freefall as well. ...
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Explanation of the ending of “Oldboy”

I have a couple of questions about the ending of the horribly disturbing Oldboy (2003). Why does the antagonist "Puppet Master" kill himself in the elevator? Was he so consumed by revenge that he ...
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3answers
802 views

Christmassy movie about a rat in a toy store

I suddenly remembered seeing a movie on T.V. when I was a kid. I have no idea what the story was about, but I remember the following things: was animated in a very distinct non-Disney style (unlike ...
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1answer
923 views

What is this animated christmas TV Movie about a sentient ornament?

I have vague memories of a TV movie from the late nineties about a sentient Christmas decoration. It was called something like "the Littlest Christmas Ball." In terms of plot, I have nothing, but I ...
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Shutter Island - missing glass scene

In the movie Shutter Island, there is a scene where a lady during interrogation asks for a glass of water. However, when she drinks the water, there is no glass at all. A moment later and the glass ...
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1answer
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Man pays woman's fare on a bus and falls in love

I once saw a movie about a man who pays the fare of a woman on a bus. From there he falls in love with the girl. They then become friends, and indulge in many acts of sexual fetish in their ...
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1answer
405 views

Is the first part of “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” based on Kubrick's or Spielberg's concepts/style?

I remember (99% sure) an interview with Spielberg (in a documentary of Kubrick's lifework), where he states that many critics falsely supposed that Spielberg was responsible for the first part ...
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What is the significance of the hat in Miller's crossing?

Miller's crossing pays a lot of attention to Gabriel Byrne's hat. Does it symbolize anything in the movie or have any significance to the plot or is this a bit of a red herring?
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302 views

Is there an explanation for which emotions and senses are connected?

In the movie Perfect Sense a strange disease robs the people of their senses, one after the other. Just before a sense is going away the people have a strong emotion. They are coupled as follows: ...
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259 views

Why did director Chris Marker use photographs in La jetée?

The movie La jetée is composed from photographs with a voice telling the story. What is the reason he used photographs instead of normal animated pictures? Was his budget too constrained? Or was it ...
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1answer
538 views

Why did Terry Gilliam include Jeffrey as a character in Twelve Monkeys?

The movie La jetée has already the story of 12 Monkeys, including also key-settings like the airport and the mall. But there is one big difference in 12 Monkeys to the older movie: Terry Gilliams ...
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0answers
269 views

Why doesn't Aman's wife come back the last time?

In the movie Survive Style 5+, Aman's wife comes back as a ghost every time he kills her. But when she is killed the second time by the hit man, she doesn't come back. What is the difference, and does ...
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How can the ending of “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” be explained?

In the end of the movie Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Park Dong-jin get's killed by the group of communists, that Yu-sun is member of. But earlier in the movie it is explained, that Yu-sun is the only ...
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1answer
796 views

What is this recent movie about family secrets?

This should be easy for someone to remember. It was possibly made in 2009-2010, set in an isolated seaside town in New York. The wife thinks her husband is cheating on her but he's really taking ...
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What happens in a Rocky Horror Picture Show showing and why?

I have never been to a showing of the movie, nor have I even seen it. I have heard that it is quite the experience. People dress up, yell things at certain parts of the movie, and even throw toast?! ...
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Are there different endings to Cloverfield?

In particular, I'm talking about the scene at the very end, where the camera is on the happy couple in the ferris wheel. The first time I watched it, my friend pointed out the faint streak that ...

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